November 2016 Update

The following is a reference that the Strategic Planning Committee uses to brief others on the history of its work.  It is current as of the end of November 2016.

Update:  The committee held a 1/2 day workshop in December and completed its principal work.  The timeline now anticipates the public release of the first draft of the plan in early February.


The original 10-member steering committee worked over the summer to draft new strategic goals and objectives. During the Fall 2016 semester the committee grew to 22 members charged with generating the specific strategies (aka actions) that will deliver the 6 goals and 20 objectives, including the metrics to track the success of the plan.

A special subcommittee is also charged with recommending improvements to the university’s mission statement.

Rio Grande College has a concurrent effort generating strategies that will be integrated into the university’s plan before principle work is finished.

Project Design

University President Dr. Bill Kibler charged the Steering Committee to update and improve the current 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. He was particularly interested in improving the mission statement, getting stronger buy-in from the SRSU community and stakeholders, and designing better progress measurements.

The project was designed around these milestones, with President’s approval at each milestone where appropriate.

  1. Review and rework, as necessary, the current plan’s Goals [Complete]
  2. Review and rework, as necessary, the current plan’s Objectives [Complete]
  3. Organize subcommittees charged with generating strategies – proposed actions – in support of those Goals & Objectives [Complete]
  4. Integrate subcommittee recommendations, including Rio Grande College’s team’s, into one coherent document. [In progress]
  5. Draft the plan’s narrative & submit completed staff work for President’s conditional approval prior to wide circulation (principle work will be complete at this point)
  6. Revise and re-submit to President after a public comment period for final approval
  7. Submit to Board of Regents and Coordinating Board for approval
  8. Concurrent to Steps 5-7, design the support and reporting processes to implement plan

Current State

The 21 members of the Steering Committee are at Milestone #4, integrating the numerous strategies developed by the approximately 28 subcommittees. That entails determining which strategies should be combined, which need more work, or which should be tabled for consideration during the next major revision.

Chronological History

April 2016 –

  • University President charges initial 10-member steering committee; announces effort via campus-wide email.

May 2016 –

  • First meetings of steering committee; 2014 Goals reviewed and modified; approved by President.

June – August 2016 –

  • Committee generates draft Objectives – some old some new – to support the approved Goals; approved by President;
  • blog launched;
  • New strategic goals distributed campus-wide via email & blog

September 2016 –

  • Key people return to campus from summer break;
  • Draft Goals & Objectives distributed campus-wide;
  • Subcommittee structure designed, nominations of subcommittee chairs to lead the effort to generate supporting strategies;
  • Steering committee now at 17 members

October – November 2016 –

  • All subcommittee chairs in place at beginning of November
  • Open Issues Log reviewed and assigned
  • Risk Mitigation actions put in place to address low community awareness, absence of affordability as an objective, implications of dual-track strategic plans

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